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What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Fort Worth's Sundance Square! Little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles – including the fountains. We ended up with just over 200 registered racers! Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor, Dannon, for the wonderful support and delicious yogurt samples. A big thanks also to CLIF Kid for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Richardson Bike Mart, the Fort Worth Zoo, Splash Kingdom Waterpark, and Nestle Toll House Café. Finally, we’d like to thank Kyle of the Balance Bike Riders Group and Mayor Betsy Price for joining us on election day.
We had a wonderful time in your very friendly city of Fort Worth, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with Strider. Thank you for the hospitality!

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!
News Coverage: Fort Worth Star-Telegram. More coming soon!

Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 74

  • 1#101 Roman Martinez - Sugar Land, TX 
  • 2#139 Everett Higgs - Bushland, TX
  • 3#115 Brixton "B-Man" Brown - Lewisville, TX
  • 4#162 Theodor "Teddy" Conrad - San Marcos, TX
  • 5#114 Jacob "Jake" White - Bedford, TX
  • 6#137 AJ Angeles - Murphy, TX
  • 7#116 Shane Rattan - Fort Worth, TX
  • 8#122 Maddox "Mad Man" Crow - Frisco, TX
  • 9#117 Wyatt Franer - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#172 Hadley Whitlow
  • 11#127 Jaxon Fisher - Burleson, TX
  • 12#133 Andrew "Buddy" Thurlow - Bedford, TX
  • 13#151 Emma Bowman - Alvin, TX 
  • 14#138 Deacon Rains - Richardson, TX

 

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 67

  • 1#135 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, Kansas
  • 2#106 Graham Wells - Frisco, TX
  • 3#116 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 4#127 Sawyer Whitmire - Fort Worth, TX
  • 5#121 Ariel De Sandozequi - Arlington, TX
  • 6#166 Emmary Hoover 
  • 7#129 Knox Thornton - Wylie, TX
  • 8#154 Giovanni Chavarria - Plano, TX
  • 9#101 Colton Jensen - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#151 Brylen McBride - Fort Worth, TX
  • 11#102 Boone Shires - Plano, TX
  • 12#167 Jett Jobe
  • 13#156 Mason Hardcastle - Denton, TX

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 27

  • 1#104 Cason Chambers - Rockwall, TX
  • 2#126 Emmet Zvekan
  • 3#118 Cole Pittman - Bossier City, LA
  • 4#117 Chase Staples - Lantana, TX
  • 5#102 Reagan Roaquin - Leander, TX
  • 6#127 Liam Harrell
  • 7#119 Ryder Chen - Houston, TX
  • 8#112 Graham Pettersson - Fort Worth, TX
  • 9#106 Brantley Painter - Houston, TX
  • 10#107 Dez Eschenbach - Euliss, TX

 

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 15

  • 1#112 Christian Lilley - Granberry, TX
  • 2#104 Travis Zapata - Fort Worth, TX
  • 3#111 Aidan Sakich - Golden, TX
  • 4#106 Colton "Showtime" Bowman - Alvin, TX
  • 5#105 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 6#110 Mason Armstrong - Fort Worth, TX
  • 7#101 Austin Aylor - Graham, TX
  • 8#113 Issac Camarillo
  • 9#108 Silas Flowers - Grapevine, TX
  • 10#107 Brycen Barnett - Burleson, TX
  • 11#115 Shlok Munigala
  • 12#103 Olivia Bainbridge - Haslet, TX
  • 13#102 Nathan Saul - Fort Worth, TX
  • 14#114 Emmanuel Ortega
  • 15#109 Lilian Conrad - San Marcos, TX

 

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Published in Strider Racing
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:23

April Strider Photo Contest Winners!

April was another month of amazing Strider Photo Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from April. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

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1st Place - Sandstone Exploration - USA

 

2ndPlaceApril2018Web

2nd Place - Watch This, Mom! - USA

 

3rdPlaceApril2018Web

3rd Place - Don't Forget To Stay Hydrated - Philippines 

Published in Parents Are Talking

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Strider Bike Racing Toddlers Take Over Fort Worth’s Sundance Square May 6

Texas Governor Declares Youth Cycling Day and Fort Worth Mayor Gives Biking Tips


Rapid City, SD (May 6, 2017) — Governor Greg Abbott declared May 6 as Youth Cycling Day in honor of today’s Strider Cup Race Presented by Dannon at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. May is also National Bike Month. Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, runs the series and is celebrating 10 years in business with more than 1.6 million bikes sold around the world since 2007.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave tips to the Strider Balance Bike racers in the 2-year-old and under class, which included the youngest competitor – diaper-clad 19-month-old Abigail Crossland from Wichita Falls, Texas. The little tyke, who has been riding her Strider Bike since she was 14 months old, enjoyed a cold beverage from her sippy cup after striding along the 600-foot plus course over and around obstacles.

Nearly 200 racers participated in the race, the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. This was the first time Strider has hosted a race in Texas. Families came from around the Lone Star State, as well as California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Washington.

“Abigail started riding her Strider Bike at just 14 months old,” said Brett Crossland, Abigail’s father. “Now she wakes up, grabs her helmet and is at the back door waiting to go most mornings. We’re glad to see her excited about her bike instead of a screen or other toys. The Strider Cup Race today was awesome!”

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they received either a trophy or a medal and posed for the cheering crowd. The event included races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs Races for all ages and abilities.

Roman Martinez of Sugar Land, Texas, crossed the finish line ahead of the other 2-year-old racers to take home the top trophy. The winner of the popular 3-year-old class, Braysen Yingling, traveled from Topeka, Kansas. Cason Chambers of Rockwall, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Christian Lilly of Granberry, Texas, came in first place in the 5-year-old class.

Racers in the Special Needs Class competed on the 12” models, as well as the larger 16” and 20” Strider Balance Bikes. Before the race, Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.

“The fact that Strider includes us helps society see that our children can do what the rest of the kids do,” said Dr. Amanda Young, Adapted Physical Education Teacher at KinderFrogs. She recently completed her dissertation about the importance of family inclusion w/physical activity. “For most of these kids, it was their first experience on a two-wheeled bike. One of the best things with Strider Bike program is that the family can ride together, enjoying a healthy activity that gets them all outside.”

Strider worked with the Dannon Company in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community prior to today’s race.

The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

Published in Press Releases
Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:44

Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!

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It’s Strider's birthday and we want to thank you

You are invited to help us celebrate at the Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!  Strider has been teaching kids around the world how to balance and ride on its no-pedal Balance Bike for 10 years, and it all started here – in Rapid City. Let's party Strider style!  Join us Saturday, August 26th at Main Street Square from 10am until 2pm with super fun activities for your Strider rider. Bring your rider and their bike and take part in traditional birthday celebration activities, fun riding courses and obstacles, games and more.  All FREE to the public!

 

 

Published in Strider Events

Texas Governor declares Youth Cycling Day and Fort Worth Mayor to Give Little Riders Tips

Rapid City, SD (April 19, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is welcoming balance bike racing toddlers, some still in diapers, to the Strider Cup Race Presented by Dannon on May 6 at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas.

This is the first time the event has been held in the Lone Star State. In honor of the event, Governor Greg Abbott has declared May 6 as Youth Cycling Day. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will stop by to give the littlest bike riders tips before the first race at 9 a.m.

Pasha Ali, three-year-old racer from Trophy Club, Texas, is registered and has been practicing his “Winner Dance” for several months. His father, Nur Ali, believes riding the Strider Bike has helped Pasha improve his balance, coordination and develop quicker reflexes.

Ali, who has nearly two decades of car racing under his seatbelt, said, “I’m very excited about this season for both of us, as this is the first year we’ll race in the same calendar year; he in the Strider Cup and myself in Red Bull Global Rallycross series.”

The race is the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series, in which toddlers as young as 18 months old put their Strider Bike skills to the test. Most of the registrants for the May 6 event are from Texas, but racers are also traveling from California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Washington. In addition to the races, these family-friendly events feature a free Strider Adventure Zone ride and play area with Strider Bikes to test ride.

The May 6 event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $25 online or families can still register their young rider at the packet pick-up at Cabela’s on Friday, May 5, at 12901 Cabela Drive in Fort Worth. There is no same-day race registration. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, a number plate for their bike and a goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open at http://www.striderbikes.com/fortworth.

A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of proud parents and grandparents cheering on racers while ringing cowbells as the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles such as dirt mounds and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd.

The Strider Cup events also include races for individuals of all ages and abilities with special needs. Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. The athletes are learning to ride for the May 6 race.

Special Needs Racers compete on the 12” models, as well as Strider’s larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs.
Strider is working with employees at the Dannon Company facility in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community.

The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.

Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. To date, Strider has sold more than 1.5 million. Since its inception, Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund to organizations that serve children and adults in need. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Published in Press Releases
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:43

March Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

March was another month of great Strider Calendar Contest entries! Every picture shows a unique perspective on each Strider rider's love of riding. Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from March. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

1aFirst

1st Place - Feet Up, Big Smile - USA

 

2nd Place March 2017

2nd Place - Lean Into the Turn - Japan

 

1cThird

3rd Place - Two Year Old Shredder - USA 

Published in Parents Are Talking

Strider Bikes Brings Two-Wheeled Toddler Fun to American Flat Track
American Flat Track To Add Children’s Area For Eight Races

Rapid City, SD (March 14, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce it is the official sponsor of the Children’s Area for eight of the 2017 American Flat Track races this season. The Strider activation in the Children’s Area will include a Strider Adventure Zone (ride and play area) where children as young as 18 months can learn to balance and ride on the pedal-less bikes.

“It is a key objective to make our events accessible for the entire family,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The addition of the Strider Adventure Zone will open up many of our races to a new generation of fans, giving them a taste of two-wheel competition in a fun setting.”

The Strider Adventure Zone will be located in the vendor area at Daytona International Speedway – near the main injector – and will open on race day, at 2 p.m.

The first Strider Children’s Area and Strider Racing will kick off March 16 during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla. on a new TT circuit under the bright lights inside Daytona International Speedway. Other race cities include Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Red Mile, KY; Sturgis, SD; Williams Grove, PA; Rolling Hills, NY; and Perris, CA.The Children’s Area will open on Saturday of each race weekend, with the exception of Daytona, where the Strider Adventure Zone will open at 2:00pm, Thursday, March 16th.

The Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a Strider balance bike, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a custom designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a Strider on unique terrains and obstacles. Bikes and helmets will be provided. Admission is free for the American Flat Track Races to children under the age of twelve. Admission may be charged for adults at some of the events, and the hours of the festival area are 2:00pm-6:30pm.


About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.


About American Flat Track
American Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Published in In The News
Thursday, 09 March 2017 03:38

February Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

February was another month of great Strider Calendar Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from February. The top entry was once again from an international Strider rider! You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

1st Place Feb 2018 web

1st Place - Snowy Trick Riding - Russia

 

2nd Place February 2018 web

2nd Place - The Snow is Melting - USA

 

3rd Place February web

3rd Place - Time To Explore - USA 

Published in Parents Are Talking
Friday, 24 February 2017 19:21

Three Brothers and Their Well Loved Strider!

 This is the story of a very well loved Strider and its three proud owners!

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From left to right: Rhett (youngest), Trey (oldest), and Carter (middle)

all started riding on the same first generation green Strider ST-1!

 

It all started in the Spring of 2010 when Trey was 3 years old his Mom found a little bike without pedals. She says, "I was skeptical that it would be a 'beginner' bike and as soon as the kids learned to balance they would be on to a pedal bike, and the Strider would be obsolete for them. This wasn't the case at all. They all (yes, even my 10 year old) still love the Strider Bike!"

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Trey - 2010

"My kids were 3, 2, and 18 months when they started riding the Strider, and they loved being able to keep up with older kids on pedal bikes." Two of the boys (Trey and Carter), "never rode a bike with training wheels. They wouldn't even get on a pedal bike until we took the training wheels off! If I had known how well they were made, and how many years we would get out of our Strider, I wouldn't have waited so long to buy one!"

 

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Carter - 2015

After seven years, one Strider has taught two boys, and another "ten counting daycare kids, cousins, and friends! I was so hesitant because I felt like it was a beginner bike, and they would need to upgrade right away, and that's just not cost effective. Boy was I wrong!"

 

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Rhett - 2016

"Our youngest just turned two and I'm sure that as soon as he can reach the pedals on his big brothers' bikes, he will be off!" Until then he'll be riding his recently upgraded Strider 12" Sport that showed up at his door (above)! Can't wait to hear about his future success, and to check back in with this Strider 7 years from now!

 

At Strider we love riding bikes, and we love encouraging kids to ride! We love hearing your success stories, and seeing amazing pictures of Strider riders from around the globe. Share your stories and photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To share your best photos you can enter our monthly calendar contest HERE. If you're taking your Strider on vacation with you this Summer make sure to keep the "Where Has Your Strider Taken You" contest in mind for your truly epic shots!

Published in Parents Are Talking
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 01:14

January Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

You're starting off 2017 with some amazing Strider Calendar Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from January. It's nice to see more entries coming in from Strider riders all over the globe. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

1st Place January Web

1st Place - Whatcha Doin'? - Vietnam

 

2nd Place January Web

2nd Place - Watch This! - USA

 

3rd Place January Web

3rd Place - Big Smile - Thailand

 

 

 

 

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